Breast augmentation with lift, also known as mastopexy implant cosmetic surgery, combines the placement of implants in the breasts with the tightening and lifting of the breast tissue. The procedure is designed to create more comprehensive and natural looking results for women who are bothered by sagging and deflated breasts.
If your breast volume has decreased over the years, while the breasts are also drooping with the nipples pointing downwards, you could be a good candidate for breast augmentation with lift plastic surgery. This procedure is also helpful if you wish to correct breast asymmetry.
The purpose of the breast lift is to remove excess skin and tighten and lift the breasts, while the breast augmentation part of the procedure will make the breasts appear fuller, rounder and more volumized.
Your surgeon will probably perform breast lift with implants surgery using general anesthesia. The entire procedure can be completed in about 90 to 150 minutes, depending on the extent of tissue correction involved and the surgical technique used.
The incision options for your procedure may include:
- Circular incision: This is placed around the areola borders in the line between the darker and lighter skin.
- Lollipop incision: The incision will be placed around the lower half of the areola along with a vertical incision going down to the breast crease.
- Anchor incision: In addition to the vertical incision, this will include a horizontal incision made across the breast base, just above the natural breast crease.
Length of the incisions will depend on the size of implants to be placed and the degree of breast lift needed. Your surgeon will take care to place the incisions in discreet or concealed locations so that the subsequent scarring is minimized.
Through the incisions, the surgeon will first create an implant pocket to accommodate the implants under the pectoral muscle. Once the implants are adjusted into position, the excess breast skin will be excised and breast tissue will be manipulated to elevate and tighten the breasts. Areolas may have to be resized or repositioned at a higher level to create a complete natural look of your breasts.
Recovery and Results
Your incision areas will have some soreness, bruising and swelling for the first few days. Bruising will resolve by the second week, but the swelling will take a longer time to disappear completely. Mild pain and soreness in the first week can be managed with prescription pain drugs.
You can expect to resume your normal routine somewhere in the second week of your recovery. The results of your breast lift with implants surgery will establish gradually as your breast tissue firms up in its new shape and the swelling resolves. You will be required to use a surgical bra for support in the first few weeks.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implants with lift surgery.